Friday, November 9, 2007

Festival of Lights: A Happy Diwali to all Asian

Delhi in her Diwali night today at 9.50PM,Friday,9 th Nov.2007 is engulfed with complete smoke of fire crackers and echo of crackers continuing as Indians celebrate their festival of Lights.Rupees trillions worth business conducted in this week of festivity which are days of purity for people to initiate their objects.

The Most colorful festival of Indian subcontinent is being celebrated today as the entire country goes in worshipping Godess Lakshmi and Lod Gandesh,as Lakshmi the Godess of wealth and Ganesha the good omen Lord to give success in acts of human for the welfare of all human beings.Festival of Lights,lighting a an oil based lamps a symbolic way of our spirit to get rid of darkness and let the inner light lit our is also said the that as invention of fire came to knowledge of human beings,the comforts from chill winter and food for body flourished in primitive ages.Each house is lit and decorated with hundreds of earthen lamps and candles give an aesthetic look to the cities and town,villages with fireworks at its best in evening to midnight brings call of Lord Rama back home from his fourteen years of exiled imposed to Him by his stepmother.

Washington, Nov 8 (PTI) The Indian American community has celebrated Diwali at the White House in the presence of senior US and Indian officials.

"Diwali celebrations at the White House, this year, has special significance as the US House of Representatives for the first time passed a resolution recognising the "religious and historical significance" of it just a few days ago" said Arathi Krishna of the Indian embassy.

The festivities took place in the Indian Treaty Room of the White House, and was attended by the Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns among others.

It saw the senior US officials praising the current state of relationship between both countries and is also hopeful for the potential in further growth over the years.

H S Rao London, Nov 8 (PTI) Diwali was celebrated in all its colour and gaiety at the
historic St James's Palace in the heart of London.

The event, supported by The Hinduja Foundation headed by NRI industrialist S P Hinduja, also marked The Duke of Edinburgh's Award celebration, which was attended by The Earl of Wessex, KG KCVO last night.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his message, said "I am glad to learn that the UK charity, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, has chosen the auspicious occasion of Diwali to celebrate this year's award scheme." "Diwali is a joyous festival and a time of celebration. There is a large Indian community in the UK which add to the country's
cultural diversity. I wish the Duke of Edinburgh's Award all success in contributing towards better understanding among communities and cultures," Singh said in the message read out by India's acting High Commissioner to the UK, Asoke Mukerji.

Among the sizeable number of distinguished invitees who attended the
event were Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, Asian of the Year for
2007, Lord Khalid Hameed, NRI industrialist Sir Gulam Noon, Chief of
Vitabiotics Kartar Lalvani, and leading NRI hotelier Joginder Sangar.

G P Hinduja, President of the Hinduja Group, introduced the Guests to
The Earl of Wessex.

The 466-year-old St James's Palace, built by Henry VIII, remained one of the principal Royal residences for over 300 years. PTI

One of the festivals that unite the people irrespective of their religion and nationality is Diwali in Singapore. Hindus celebrate the annual Festival of Lights - Diwali - with elaborate light and candle decorations, creating a beautiful spectacle as the night draws in. The festive atmosphere generates a feeling of joy and happiness and is to be felt and shared in Singapore. As a policy, crackers are not sold to avoid noise pollution and only sparklers can be bought.

To mark Deepavali- the Hindu festival of lights, "Little India" on Serangoon Road is decorated with lights, garlands and colorful arches. Today, Little India is the emotional and commercial center of the local Indian community. On Diwali day, children accompanied by parents will go to open area to light the sparklers since most of the people live in high-rise apartments.

There are more than 18 temples in Singapore and it is customary to offer prayers at the temples. The whole atmosphere provides a feeling of being at home and enables newcomers to easily integrate with the rest of the society. This reminds us of the Tamil proverb "Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir" which means, 'every country is my own and all the people are my kinsmen.'

Diwali in Canada:

Ottawa, Nov 2 (PTI) Celebrating Diwali at Canada's Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said India's pluralistic and democratic traditions were an example for the world to follow. Amidst chanting of vedic mantras by nine priests from different parts of the country, traditional puja was performed at a colourful ceremony here in which besides Harper, Stephen Dion, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, and R L Narayan, the High Commissioner of India to Canada participated.

Harper commended India's cultural heritage and its commitment to linguistic, ethnic and spiritual pluralism.

"India has amassed a millennia-old history of linguistic, ethnic, and spiritual pluralism. Such diversity has, at times, posed significant challenges for India and complemented the country in successfully meeting the challenge," he said.

"India is making a determined effort to alleviate tensions and reconcile interests through its democratic institutions. Where far too many other countries have failed, India is succeeding," the Prime Minister said while celebrating the Hindu festival of lights last night.

Diwali celebration in Thailand is insanely huge and is called Lam Kriyongh. The celebration is almost the same as the Diwali customs in India. Lamps and candles are placed on banana leaves along with a coin and incense stick and are set afloat on a river. This gives a wonderful view when thousands of candles are set afloat on the river in the evening.

Nepal: Nepal is another good place to see the magnificent Diwali celebration. Diwali in Nepal is called Tihar. Just like Indians, Diwali is celebrated here to honor the goddess of wealth (Lakshmi) and the God of prosperity (Ganesha). The whole of Nepal is decorated with lights and lamps. Special foods like sweets of different forms are prepared to mark the festivity. Fireworks and crackers are used widely all around. Myanmar: Myanmar has a good number of Hindu population and most of the Hindu festivals are celebrated over there.

Diwali celebrations in Myanmar is really full of glory and fun and is celebrated as per the Hindu solar calendar. The day of the festival is celebrated by worshiping God. The Houses are decorated with lights and lamps, special foods are prepared, gifts are exchanged and fireworks are enjoyed to mark the occasion.

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Mauritius Diwali
Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm at Mauritius as this country have great Indian crowd. The Diwali celebrations at Mauritius is as good as in India. The festival of lights- Diwali is celebrated in October/November. Diwali marks the victory of Rama over Ravana and also commemorates Krishna's destruction of the demon Narakasuran. Earthen oil lamps are placed in front of every home turning the island into a fairyland of flickering lights. Hindu community of Malaysia constitutes about 8% of its total population. The community celebrates Diwali festival as a symbol of triumph of good over evil. The Malaysian people call Diwali as Hari Diwali. The south Indian tradition of oil bath precedes all the rituals of Diwali Festival. The Diwali celebration includes visits to temples and prayers at household altars. Diwali is celebrated almost all over the Malaysia except in Sarawak & Federal Territory of Labuan.

The Indonesian island of Bali is famous for celebrating the festival of Diwali, as a majority of the population here are Indians. It is one of the most revered festivals of the locals here. The celebration and rituals of the festival is mostly similar to that celebrated by their counterparts in India.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Benazir protesters ghero parliament..mass rally on friday

Police swung batons and fired many rounds tear gas to quell rally opposite Parliament house in Islamabad of the Benazir supporter protesting against the imposition of military rule in form of emergency.Ms Bhutto said Today, the Pakistani opposition and its supporters will begin a march from the city of Lahore to Rawalpindi on 13 November, unless General Musharraf steps down as head of the army. Ms Butto said Peoples Party of Pakistan 400 supporters have been arrested today.

Her call for protest soon came after three days of protests by lawyers quelled with force by General's force, at the instance of the deposed Chief Justice of Supreme court on his phonecall to lawyers rhetorically to revolt against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency and a crackdown on the opposition that has left thousands under arrest.

She urged the president to agree to several other opposition demands, including restoring the constitution and staging elections in January as scheduled.

Bhutto says she is deeply worried that nuclear-armed Pakistan is heading towards an internal implosion. "There's been a rise of extremism, and instead of concentrating on battling the terrorists, the government is spending its energy against lawyers, political activists and the press - the very elements of a civilised society that are needed to confront terrorism."

She urged the president to agree to opposition demands, including restoring the constitution and staging elections in January as scheduled and Re appointment of election commissioner to initiate process of election.
`For elections to be credible, opposition political party leaders and their party workers must be released from jail or house arrest. The media must be free to report on events and share their opinions with the public,'' U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson said after meeting the head of the election commission on Tuesday.
Ms Bhutto gave him a deadline of until Friday to comply.

BJP says Renegotiate Indo- US Nuclear deal

BJP says Renegotiate Indo- US Nuclear deal
Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Chairman Anil Kakodkar indicated that the adoption of the thorium route of which India has plentiful reserves would take time.

2007-11-07 18:00:15 - M R Srinivasan acknowledged that the Hyde Act, the base of the nuclear deal, was not not completely in favour of India."Probably the Act does not allow us a further nuclear test and has provision regarding termination of treaty in that," the former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission said.

BJP today made it clear that the accord should be renegotiated and not hustled through as it "compromises" with the country's long-term strategic programmes.
After a meeting of its core group, attended by top leaders including L K Advani and BJP chief Rajnath Singh, the party said it was opposed to the deal and accused the government of making a "significant
strategic blunder" by turning it into a kind of an icon of India's relations with the US.

The statement issued by Advani, Singh and Jaswant Singh assuems significance in the context of media reports that the BJP was diluting its opposition and may not be averse to supporting the deal as the party was not ideologically opposed to the US unlike the Leftists. Over the last few days former American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, US Ambassador to India David Mulford, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar had met the three leaders and were told of the BJP's position.

Top BJP leaders will meet tomorrow to take stock of the clarifications made to the party by US diplomats.Tthe government convince BJP to support the deal in Parliament when it convenes on November 15.
Nuclear Suppliers Group member Switzerland today asked India to give details of the civil nuclear agreement with the US as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sought its support for the agreement.
The issue was discussed at talks between Singh and visiting Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey here.

"I requested the Prime Minister to have an Indian expert to explain the Indo-US nuclear deal," Calmy-Rey told reporters here when asked about Switzerland's position on the Indo-US nuclear agreement.

The Prime Minister said "someone" will travel to Switzerland to brief her government on the deal, she said.

Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said genuine concerns on the deal need to be addressed and the government will consider all the options it has before taking a decision on the future of the deal.

"Once we have exhausted all the options we will decide what to do. If not, then we will tell the nation 'you decide'," he said at a public lecture on the "Indo-US Nuclear Agreement" organised by the Delhi University.

To a question on the right to conduct a nuclear test, he said the deal did not ban India from exploding an atomic device but made it clear that it will have to face the consequences for such a move.

"Its the same like if you sit for exams and fail, you too have to face the consquences," Sibal said

French oficials in Mumbai said "We will be unable to enter into a deal with India on civilian nuclear cooperation unless India enters into safeguards agreement with IAEA as a follow up of 123 agreement with the US," French delagtes were here to participate in the just-concluded first Indo-French nuclear business meet.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Benazir ask reconstitution of EC:Thousands lawyers and politicians arrested

Pakistan People’s Party chairperson Benazir Bhutto a reign of terror against protesting lawyers and journalists must end.
she said she had conveyed to PML (N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif through Mr Ishaq Dar her desire to wage a common struggle if the emergency was imposed.

PML (N) president Shahbaz Sharif talking to the media here on Monday said that time had now come for all political parties to shun their differences and get together on one platform against “Musharraf’s illegal, unconstitutional and immoral dictatorial rule”.
Benazir hoped that all democratic parties would unite to emancipate the people from the yoke of dictatorship and the menace of terrorism and extremism.“We strongly condemn the violence against lawyers and media people. This force and brutality should be kept away from our society,” she said and called for immediate release of all political prisoners,

Ms Bhutto said that the suspension of Constitution was an attack on Pakistan and threat to its security.

With the Pormulugation of the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) deposed Supreme court judges were ousted and were detained at their houses. General Pervez Musaraff have arrested thousands of prominent lawyers and politicians after declaration of state of emergency .

A seven-member bench of the Supreme Court declared the Army Chief’s step unconstitutional and refused to take oath under the PCO..

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges including Justice Bhagwandas, Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, Justice Sardar Raza Khan, Justice Falak Sher, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tasaddique Hussain Jillani, Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Chaudhry Ejaz Ahmed, Justice Syed Jamshed Ali, Justice Hamid Ali Mirza and Justice Ghulam Rabbani have been detained at their homes.

Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Mr. Justice Sabeehuddin, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and others have also been put under house arrest.

Lahore High Court Judges that refused to take oath under the PCO are Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif, Justice Mian Najm-uz-Zaman, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Moulvi Anwar-ul-Haq, Justice Sair Ali, Justice Mian Hamid Farooq, Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice M.A. Shahid Siddiqui, Justice Javed Sarfaraz, Justice Jahangir Arshad, Justice Shaikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Muhammad Ata Bandial and Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rahman.

Police have also arrested President Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, former president of SCBA Munir Malik, Ali Ahmed Kurd, Justice (Rtd) Tariq Mehmood, Sahibzada Anwar Hameed, President Lahore High Court Bar Ahsan Bhon, President Sindh High Court Bar Abrar Hassan, President Lahore Bar Association Syed Muhammad Shah, President Karachi Bar Iftikhar Javed Qazi, President Balochistan High Court Bar Hadi Shakil Advocate and other prominent lawyers.

Police on Monday raided a printing press belonging to Pakistan's biggest-selling Jang newspaper group amid tough curbs on the media imposed under the state of emergency, officials said.

US President George W. Bush on Monday strongly urged Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf to end a state of emergency imposed in the country and "restore democracy as quickly as possible." "We expect there to be elections as soon as possible, and for the president to remove his military uniform,"

Former ISI chief Gen. (Rtd) Hameed Gul, and dozens prominent politicians including Javed Hashmi and Khwaja Asif of Muslim League (N), Asfandyar Wali, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Balochistan National Party leader Akhtar Hussain Lango and Jamat Islami’s Munawwar Hassan have also been detained.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Musharaff loosing system as situation slips

Musharaff loosing system as situation slips.

Under emergency measures, several provisions such as human rights, freedom of speech and expression of the 1973 Constitution can be held in abeyance.

2007-11-04 21:02:33 - According to some details of the new PCO made available to the media, the National Assembly, Senate, provincial assemblies, the prime minister, provincial chief ministers, federal and provincial ministers, governors and all those in the 'government services- will continue to function normally.

PCO amounted to a 'virtual coup-, and was very similar to the order that was issued by Musharraf on October 12, 1999, when he toppled then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a coup.Musharraf as army chief had issued the martial law-like order against himself and his own system.

'We regret the difficult times that Pakistan is passing through. We trust that
conditions of normality will soon return, permitting Pakistan's transition to stability and democracy to continue,'' Indian foreign office statement said.International Leaders will find themselves in unsafe position to take help of the Dictator to enforce democracy in other states.

( - Musharraf's declaration of suspending the constitution of the 1973 along with imposing another Provisional Constitutional Order

(PCO).Secondly in what capacity he has issued order as the chief of the Army or the Head of the state as president.In case if he has issued in lieu of his army status then marital law is applicable that it is more martial law than emergency without saying so.Musharraf, in his capacity as army chief, who had issued the order, signifying that the army was in complete control of the situation.

Declaration of Emergency is imposed by the head of the state to which he was acting president whose legality needed seal of Supreme Court of Pakistan ruling as per the constitution.An interim president does have the power to impose emergency and when the constitution is scrapped as null and void.

The Chief Justice of Supreme court needs to administered the oath to the President of Provisional constitution order but the Pakistan constitution gives the ex-gratia time of one year to the President.

It was not clear how this will be possible, or be legitimate, with President Musharraf resorting to the extra-constitutional action of suspending the constitution and issuing his own provisional constitutional order or PCO.

The Supreme Court, in its order, termed Gen Musharraf's action 'illegal and unconstitutional- and asked the corps commanders and all civil and military officials not to take oath under the PCO.

Once a system is nullified to reach to another system the head of the states needs to be restored to lost status.Chief justice scrapped the orders of the government and they were removed with new team of judges,the contentious action needs to be examined as the interim President is able to remove the bench.State assemblies is in force has to report to General.Dual charge of Musharaff needs to ratified in the joint parliament session.

Void situation in which the President or General order carry different connotation and each needs to follow a system of civil or military to win the peoples of Pakistan first and then International community.

Under martial law, the entire Constitution is put aside and the army exercises complete authority which is what Musharraf did today, though he chose to call it emergency.Martial law in Pakistan meant that army officers were posted in every government department and ministries in the country. But that has not happened till late tonight.

Under emergency measures, several provisions such as human rights, freedom of speech and expression of the 1973 Constitution can be held in abeyance.

Political parties are turning against the President and peoples of Pakistan if drift towards the political outfits in large numbers and neutral ones are less in numbers and many to go along with Islamic fundamentals ,the President will find more foes than friends in his own country and further to be gauge,as world eyes are on whether Musharraf's corps commanders are with him or not.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that US will review its aid to the Pakistan and international Leaders will find themselves in unsafe position to take help of the Dictator to enforce democracy in other states.

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